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Please take a few minutes to thoroughly read and understand the rules and guidelines of St. Mary and St. Moses Abbey and that of the retreat house.
The Abbey's grounds are open to those who wish to visit from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM—Evening Prayers—each day.
Retreat Center Facilities
The Retreat Center's facilities include two buildings — St. Mary Hall and St. Moses Hall. St. Mary Hall, for women, contains 17 rooms and each room has four beds and a full bath. This building accommodates 70 occupants. St. Moses Hall accommodates for men. All retreatants must bring their own bed sheets and pillow cases to use during their stay the Retreat Center.
If you are driving, please note that the gate hours of operation are from 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. Also, those with cars who are planning to go out during the length of their stay, please notify the 'Robetta', or Economus - the Father repsonsible for the monastery before doing so. Thank you for your cooperation.
If you will stay more than two weeks, you are required to submit a permission letter from your father of confession explaining why you will be spending an extended period at the Abbey prior to your booking.
As much as possible, the monastery attempts to check retreat requests daily and respond accordingly. Typically, you will receive a confirmation for your request within three days after the monastery receives your permission letter. Therefore, please work with your father of confession to ensure it is submitted.
If your application is denied, you will be notified through e-mail. The Abbey reserves the right to deny any application without explaining the reasons.
If your final flight destination is not Corpus Christi, you will need to book a bus ticket to Corpus Christi West bus station.
A permission letter is required from every individual that visits the monastery for the first time. Retreat requests will not be acknowledged except if you have a permission letter from your father of confession.
Female retreatants are allowed to stay for an overnight retreat at the Abbey only when accompanied for the whole duration of their stay by:
1) a Priest,
4) brother - only if he is 18 years of age or older,
5) son - only if he is 18 years of age or older.
In order for your registration to be approved and not denied, you have to provide the name of the priest that will accompany you.
Please note: Any female retreatant coming alone and staying at a local hotel, for the sole purpose of visiting the Abbey, is only permitted to visit the Abbey once for a day visit. Daylight visitors should leave immediately after Vespers prayers. Thank you for your understanding.
Please read the rules and guidelines of St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey and also of the retreat center. Thank you.
Individual retreats are for male individuals only.
Females seeking to register for an overnight retreat at the Abbey must be accompanied by either their priest, husband, father, son (18 or older), or brother (18 or older) and register as a family or group retreat.
If you are registering as an individual but will be joining a group retreat or convention, please stop now and contact your group retreat or convention coordinator so they may add you to the rooming list. We will not confirm your registration as an individual or family if you will be joining a church group retreat or convention during your stay.
Individuals, who seek a retreat at St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey, are required to:
1. Read and follow the Retreat Center Rules and Guidelines.
2. Complete the Retreat Registration form and receive confirmation of their request.
3. Submit a permission letter from their confession father if it is their first time visiting the monastery.
May God bless you.
Families, who seek a retreat at St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey, are required to:
3. Submit a permission letter from their confession father if it is their first time visiting the monastery
Groups of ten (10) or more are asked to make arrangements at minimum three (3) weeks in advanced.
Groups, who seek a retreat at St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey, are required to:
3. Submit a permission letter from the sponsoring priest.
Please have the retreat coordinator fill out the following registration form.
Please do not use this email address for any other family or individual registration.
Are you trying to register for more than one family? If so, please have each family register separately with their own email address.
Please make sure that the number of names in the list is equal to the number of males and females entered below. Thank you.
Please do not book any travel plans until confirmation is received. Once we have approved your registration, you will be prompted to enter your final travel plans then. Thank you.
Please note dates for Individual Retreats will be blocked for the following reason:
Thank you for understanding.
Please note dates for Family Retreats will be blocked for the following reason:
Please note dates for Group Retreats will be blocked for the following reason:
If your first visit to the monastery was with a group, you must select "yes".
A sponsoring priest is required to fill out a form in order to confirm registration please. Thank you.
Please enter the full name and email of your Father of Confession so that you may receive the blessing to come on a retreat. Thank you.
Retreat Center Rules and Guidelines
Retreat Center Information, Rules and Guidelines
In addition to the Retreat Center’s guidelines listed below, please refer to the general rules and guidelines of St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey, posted on the Web site, which are expected of every visitor.
Church groups, spending an overnight retreat at the Abbey, must make safety their first and highest priority. Retreatants are responsible for their own insurance, and, by signing the reservation contract, waive all right of action against St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey. A certificate of insurance is required to be presented to the Abbey once the church group arrives. The Abbey is located right on the Corpus Christi Lake. All retreatants must exercise caution. No exceptions.
Please leave your pets at home. Pets are not allowed on the Abbey's premises.
Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol
The Abbey and its Retreat Center are smoke-free, drug-free and alcohol-free facilities. Use of cigarettes, drugs and alcohol is strictly forbidden.
Retreatants are responsible for leaving the Retreat Center facilities in the same condition (or better!) in which they were found. This includes the grounds, the rooms, including thoroughly cleaning the bathroom area and removing all trash. All materials that can be recycled, including cans, glass, plastic bottles and newsprint, must be cleaned and disposed of.
All groups must have a minimum of two adult chaperones (or servants), one of which is the Retreat Coordinator, who communicates with the monastery for the registration process. Same sex chaperones are required for the attending retreatants; and one (1) adult for every five (5) youth under age 18. Chaperones are required to stay in each building used. Chaperones are expected to maintain discipline of their group to ensure a safe retreat experience for everyone using the Retreat Center.
The Retreat Center observes quiet hours from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. During this time, no one is to be outside of assigned areas without an adult. Please respect the experience of others on the property.
Retreat Termination will occur and a fine will incur if your group:
A permission letter is required for church retreats, in order to take the blessing of staying overnight at the Abbey. Please note that the registration will not be complete except if you have a permission letter from the Church Priest, sponsoring this overnight retreat at the Abbey. For church retreats, one (1) permission letter must be submitted on behalf of all the individuals that will attend the retreat at the Abbey. If the application is denied, the Retreat Coordinator will be notified through e-mail. The Abbey reserves the right to deny any application without explaining the reasons.
Female retreatants are allowed to stay at the Abbey ONLY if they are accompanied by a priest for the entire duration of stay. In order for your registration to be approved and not denied, you have to provide the name of the priest that will accompany your group. The priest must also submit a letter to the Abbey by fax or e-mail in the same day of registration confirming his attendance.
Non Coptic Orthodox Visitors
Non Coptic Orthodox visitors are welcomed to visit and take the blessing of St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey. Such visitors will need to fill out the online suitable registration form—individual or church retreat—in order to request overnight stay at the Abbey.
If we accept this application, our group agrees to abide by the rules and regulations governing
St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey Retreat Center. We, the applicant, further agree to indemnify and
hold harmless from any damage, loss of property, and injury to person while on the property. We
understand that our group will provide an Accident Coverage Certificate upon arriving to the
Retreat Center. We will also be responsible for any damage incurred, while at St. Mary & St.
Moses Abbey Retreat Center, to facilities and equipment.
In order for us to continue with your registration, we will need to get approval from your Father of Confession. Once we have received approval, we will send you a form to confirm your registration. Please review your form before submission. Typically, this may take up to three days to obtain. Thank you and please keep the monastery in your prayers.
At this point, you are finished with your registration, you may now submit the form and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours. Please review your form before submission. Thank you and please keep the monastery in your prayers.
Please note, you will also receive a confirmation containing these details to your email. Thank you.